Re: Release form
Anthony J. Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 18:14:51 -0400
>>To Boy Scout leaders:
>> Do you have parents return a legal release form for camping
>Most definitely yes.
>> What if a parent refuses to sign?
>The scout cannot go, since we technically do not have his
It appears that you are confusing a Permission Slip with a legal release.
While a permission slip is good to have so that you know a Scout's parents
are aware of the activity and its location, it doesn't release you or the
troop from any form of liability. A legal release, on the other hand, may
have a lot of legalese in it that supposedly releases you from liability,
but I'm not thoroughly convinced they do. At the most a legal release would
only delay the inevitable.
As a Scoutmaster, I wouldn't require anything that can't be understood by
the Scout himself. We have permission slips (most of the time), but they
don't include a lot of legal terminology. They also don't release me or my
troop from liability in case of accident. For that very reason I and my
assistants are kept on our toes ensuring a safe atmosphere for our Scouts.
Anthony J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org ,Scoutmaster, Troop 381
http://members.aol.com/Scouts381/ "Home of the Unofficial Boy Scout Desktop
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